Dr Jane Biddulph


Personal Profile

Name: Jane Biddulph Email: jane.biddulph@ucl.ac.uk
Title: Dr Tel: 020 7679 1794
Department: Epidemiology & Public Health Fax:
Position: Lecturer Address: Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, 1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 6BT
Research Domain: Cancer, Cardiometabolic Science, Neuroscience, Personalised Medicine, Populations & Lifelong Health, Reproduction & Development Web Page:  


Research Description

Main research interests are related to cognition, mental health, and cancer. The applications of complex analytical techniques to explore survey data are other areas of interest, and stems from the mathematical background that Jane possesses.

Jane was awarded a PhD scholarship at the Institute of Cancer Research: Royal Cancer Hospital, which led to the development of mathematical models of the natural history of colon and rectal adenocarinoma and their use to predict the effect of different screening strategies. She obtained a PhD degree from the Institute of Cancer Research in 1998.

Research publications have included those on the epidemiology of chronic diseases, and the development and application of mathematical models.

Currently, involved in projects utilising data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), Health Survey for England (HSE), and PRO-AGE (PRevention in Older people - Assessment in GEneralists' practices).

Research Activities

cancer epidemiology and screening

cognitive epidemiology

health impact assessment

mathematical models

mental health

natural history of chronic diseases or conditions

Education Description

Primary or secondary supervisor of PhD students within the Institute, and contributes to MSc programmes within the Department, and the public health curriculum within the MBBS.

Welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students interested in :
- health inequalities within ageing populations (longitudinal survey data and analyses);
- investigation of predictors for chronic diseases/conditions;
- natural history of and mortality from chronic diseases/conditions;
- cancer, cognitive, and mental health epidemiology.


UCL Collaborators

External Collaborators



    • Biddulph JP, Iliffe S, Kharicha K, Harari D, Swift C, Gillmann G, Stuck AE (2014). Risk factors for depressed mood amongst a community dwelling older age population in England: cross-sectional survey data from the PRO-AGE study. BMC Geriatrics, , - . doi:10.1186/1471-2318-14-5
    • Blomquist PB, Miari VF, Biddulph JP, Charalambous BM (2014). Is gonorrhoea becoming untreatable?. Future Microbiology, 9(2), 189 - 201. doi:10.2217/fmb.13.155
    • Xavier AJ, d'Orsi E, de Oliveira CM, Orrell M, Demakakos P, Biddulph JP, Marmot MG (2014). English Longitudinal Study of Aging: Can Internet/E-mail Use Reduce Cognitive Decline?. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci., 69(9), 1117 - 1121. doi:10.1093/gerona/glu105


    • Mindell J, Biddulph JP, Hirani V, Stamatakis E, Craig R, Nunn S, Shelton N (2012). Cohort profile: the health survey for England.. Int J Epidemiol, 41(6), 1585 - 1593. doi:10.1093/ije/dyr199



    • Mindell J, Biddulph J, Taylor L, Lock K, Boaz A, Joffe M, Curtis S (2010). Improving the use of evidence in health impact assessment.. Bull World Health Organ, 88(7), 543 - 550. doi:10.2471/BLT.09.068510


    • Mindell J, Biddulph JP, Boaz A, Curtis S, Joffe M, Lock K, Taylor L, Boltong A (2006). A Guide to Reviewing Published Evidence for Use in Health Impact Assessment.
    • Mindell J, Curtis SE, Boaz AL, Joffe M, Biddulph J (2006). Improving Access to Robust Evidence for HIA: Final Report to the Department Of Health.


    • Thomason MJ, Biddulph JP, Cull CA, Holman RR (2005). Reporting of diabetes on death certificates using data from the UK Prospective Diabetes Study. Diabetic Medicine, 22(8), 1031 - 1036.
    • Biddulph JP (2005). Mathematical models in health care. In Bowling A, Ebrahim S (Ed.), Handbook of health research methods (pp. 293 - 313). : Open Univ Pr.


    • Utley M, Gallivan S, Biddulph J, Ferguson J, McCarthy M (2003). ARMADA - A computer model of the impact of environmental factors on health. Health Care Management Science, 6, 137 - 146.
    • Flavell KJ, Billingham LJ, Biddulph JP, Gray L, Flavell JR, Constandinou CM, Young LS, Murray PG (2003). The effect of Epstein-Barr virus status on outcome in age- and sex-defined subgroups of patients with advanced Hodgkin's disease. Annals of Oncology, 14(2), 282 - 290.


    • McCarthy M, Biddulph J, Utley M, Ferguson J, Gallivan S (2002). A health impact assessment model for environmental changes attributable to development projects. Epidemiology and Community Health, 56, 611 - 616.
    • Burgess DE, Woodman CB, Flavell KJ, Rowlands DC, Crocker J, Scott K, Biddulph JP, Young LS, Murray PG (2002). Low prevalence of Epstein-Barr virus in incident gastric adenocarcinomas from the United Kingdom. BRIT J CANCER, 86(5), 702 - 704. doi:10.1038/sj/bjc/6600107


    • Biddulph J, McCarthy M, Gallivan S, Utley M (2001). Environmental health impact assessment : developing a quantitative model.
    • Biddulph JP (2001). Data for a quantitative model of health impact assessment : an example of a municipal waste incinerator.
    • Flavell KJ, Biddulph JP (2001). Epidemiology of Epstein-Barr virus-associated Hodgkin's disease. QJM, 8, 69 - 77.
    • Utley M, Gallivan S, Biddulph J, McCarthy M, Ferguson J (2001). Modelling the impact of environmental factors on health.
    • Flavell KJ, Biddulph JP, Powell JE, Parkes SE, Redfern D, Weinreb M, Nelson P, Mann JR, Young LS, Murray PG (2001). South Asian ethnicity and material deprivation increase the risk of Epstein-Barr virus infection in childhood Hodgkin's disease. British Journal of Cancer, 85(3), 350 - 356.
    • Biddulph J (2001). The epidemiology of colorectal cancer. In Phillips J, Murray P, Kirk P (Ed.), The biology of disease (pp. 22 - 25). : Blackwell Science.


    • Flavell KJ, Biddulph JP, Constandinou CM, Lowe D, Scott K, Crocker J, Young LS, Murray PG (2000). Variation in the frequency of Epstein-Barr virus-associated Hodgkin's disease with age.. Leukemia, 14(4), 748 - 753.
    • Biddulph JP, McCarthy M (2000). Development of a model of health impact assessment : the epidemiological aspect.
    • Utley M, Gallivan S, Biddulph J, McCarthy M, Ferguson J (2000). Modelling the impact of environmental factors on health. In (Ed.), Planning for the future: Health, service quality and emergency accessibility: proceedings from ORAHS 2000 (pp. - ). : Glasgow Caledonian University.
    • Biddulph J, Ferguson J, Gallivan S, McCarthy M, Utley M (2000). Environmental health impact assessment : developing a quantitative model..